Over the years, King Charles’s parenting style has come under the microscope. Indeed, even his youngest son Prince Harry appears to have criticised his father, saying that he moved to America back in 2020 to “break the cycle” of “pain and suffering” that's been passed down in his family.
But despite the claims, royal expert Kate Nicholl insists that King Charles did an “amazing” job of being a single dad following Princess Diana’s tragic death in 1997, especially given his unique position of being a senior royal in the public eye.
“Charles did an amazing job at being a single dad. It’s so hard for anyone who’s not been in that situation to imagine what it’s like, not least with the glare of the world’s media on you, assessing how good you are, how much you’re around, how in touch you are with your teenage children,” she tells OK!.
And while he may be the monarch, King Charles, 73, has faced many of the trials and tribulations faced by parents across the globe when it comes to navigating the complexities of raising two children – of whom were just 15 and 12 years old when their beloved mother passed away.
“Charles went through many of the ups and downs many parents face – Harry coming off the rails, underage drinking – and he dealt with it. He tried his best in a very difficult situation,” Katie says.
“He took – and still takes – his role as father very seriously and it might be a different style of parenting but equally loving, totally devoted and committed. Everyone I’ve spoken to for my forthcoming book The New Royals was keen to stress he’s been a brilliant dad to William and Harry.”
For many years, photo opportunity after photo opportunity showed a real rapport between father and sons and demonstrated this “loving” parenting style that Katie talks about.
Who can forget that infamous faux pas Charles made while posing for pictures with William and Harry while on a ski trip in Klosters in 2005? Faced with a question from BBC reporter Nicholas Witchell, the-then Prince of Wales quipped under his breath to William and Harry, “Bloody people. I can’t bear that man. He’s so awful, he really is.”
The boys laughed his comment off, and the three looked truly unified as they faced the press pack; Charles with one arm around the shoulders of each child, William with his hand on his dad’s knee, and Harry leaning in to his father, wreathed in cheeky smiles.
However, over recent years, things between Charles and Harry, 38, appear to have become increasingly strained, with the Duke of Sussex saying that he felt “let down” by his father during an explosive interview with Oprah Winfrey.
Most recently, Harry reportedly signed a £35million deal which will see him release a tell-all memoir detailing his life growing up inside The Firm.
Despite being slated for release later this year around Thanksgiving in the US and in the run-up to Christmas in the UK, many royal experts are divided on whether the autobiography will ever be released, with some believing it will proceed as scheduled, while others argue it may even be scrapped entirely.
Quotes taken from OK!'s Royal Collector's Edition on King Charles III: Our New Monarch, available to purchase online for £5.99.
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